Third Time Lucky For York Duo in IT Sports Tournament
York pair Jill Le Pla (left) and Siobhan Gilfillan
Fulford TC hosted this season’s IT Sports and IT Too tournaments.The IT, for players from divisions 1 and 2, saw seven couples compete in a round robin format.York’s Jill Le Pla and Siobhan Gilfillan dominated the group stages, only coming unstuck against team mates Karen Retief and Kathryn Place. Rufforth pair Christine Edmond and Judith Evans qualified for the semi-finals to face fellow Ruffordian, Sue Yoward and York’s Ilianna Evangliou. A combination of strong serving and volleying from the latter pair saw them qualify for the final. Jill Le Pla and Siobhan Gilfillan were participating in their third final in a row. Having lost the previous two, there were no slip ups this time as their determination and consistency saw them claim the trophy in a high-quality match.
Players from this season’s IT Sports event
Fulford Couple Claim IT Too Title in Record Breaking Event
The IT Too competition, which is open to players from divisions 3-7, had a record entry level of seventeen pairs.
Players competed in three groups which featured strong performances from New Earswick’s Emily Broadbent and Nicky Georgiou, Wilberfoss’s Gerry Screeton and Ros Latham and Tollerton’s Sandra Jennings and Mary Foster.
The semi-finals saw Fulford duo Jane Wallace and Elizabeth Mallory narrowly defeat Cliffe’s Jane Pemberton and Kelly Holmes and Copmanthorpe’s Jane Harding and Laura Simpson overcome Fulford couple Sarah Richards and Charlotte O’ Shea.
The final was played in deteriorating weather conditions. Wallace and Mallory lost the first two games, but then settled into their stride, making several winning volleys, to take the next five games and so secure the title.
IT Too Winners – Fulford’s Jane Wallace (left) and Elizabeth Mallory
Proceeds from entry fees and raffles held at both events raised £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.